Dec 20, 2013 11:25 AM by KSBY Staff
Local law enforcement agencies are urging everyone to drive safely during the holiday season.
The California Highway Patrol starts its maximum enforcement period Christmas Eve.
The CHP is reminding travelers to play by the rules behind the wheel: Buckle up, don't speed, avoid distractions, and never drive while impaired.
The annual crackdown comes after Raymond Morua, a former aide to Congresswoman Lois Capps, was charged with driving drunk and causing a hit-and-run crash that killed a Santa Barbara woman, Mallory Dies, earlier this month.
Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley says, "Avoidable tragedy like that occurred less than two weeks ago. The family of the victim would be deeply honored if everyone thought twice about their daughter before getting behind the wheel."
CHP asks drivers to help keep the state's roadways safe by calling 911 to report a suspected drunk driver.
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